(originally started on Jun 30th, 2016)
I’m sure some of you have noticed that the game we all are (still) playing has reached three days ago it’s 15th anniversary!
I love looking back in time to see the history, and this is why I’ve been looking at old concept art, noticing there’s pretty much no exhaustive concept art compilation to be found!
I did search for an Art book, but found out one was never released for Anarchy Online, pity. Then, I took it to the internet and found out AO-Universe has a collection of images, but not complete. Finding a few pieces here and there, I had an idea.
Why not start a collection, to share with people, make it a gallery, sorting and trying to find the highest quality images that are still around, and propose a crowd effort so people can find and add pieces of art that aren’t already or are of a higher quality.
Thus, I present you the gallery:
I have taken to the internet and reached out to some far corners of it to bring you whatever Anarchy Online concept art I could find, in the highest quality available. That meant looking around Portfolios (I found a few artists that worked on AO that shared their art), around Google, AO-Universe, around old FTPs and sites, some dark corner of the internet, and other methods to bring what’s in there.
Take a look, I’m sure there are people who haven’t seen Anarchy Online concept art before ( or parts of it! ). The Shadowlands art is particularly unique.
I’ll be sorting the pictures in the upcoming days and trying to add references to artists. All the art is owned by Funcom or the artist that made it, I am not distributing it or making money, just centralizing it for it not to be lost in the depths of the internet.
If people have art or development videos/screenshots and wish to contribute, please, do so! PM or thread it. Maybe we can convince Funcom or Michi to pitch a release for a 20th anniversary Collector’s Edition Artbook in a few years!